2011 Florida Relays this weekend, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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FLA Relays.gifThe 2011 Florida Relays will be held this coming weekend, April 2-5, spells the opening of the Track & Field Relay season! This month we will have the Texas Relays, Kansas Relays, Penn Relays and Drake Relays, to name the big ones! Also this weekend, is the Carlsbad 5,000 meters in Carlsbad, CA.


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GAINESVILLE (USA): Another top US athlete is scheduled for 67th Florida Relays this weekend. It is one of the top female sprinters Marshevet Myers. She confirms that on her blog and adds she will run the 4x100 and the 4x200 m relays with Lauryn Williams, Natasha Hastings and Bianca Knight. Her first individual races at 100 m are planned for Texas Relays in April and Jamaica Invitational early May in Kingston.



BRUNSSUM (NED): Kenyan athletes highlight the 10K Parelloop in Brunssum on April 3rd. Micah Kogo, Mark Kiptoo and Mike Kigen are the favourites for the win. Micah Kogo returns to Brunssum after setting the world road 10K record in 2009 with 27:01. Mark Kiptoo (27:14) and Mike Kigen (27:28) are in the race to closely challenge Kogo. In the women's race German marathon runner Irina Mikitenko holds a PB of 32:02 and is the favourite over Kenyans Naomi Maiyo (32:28), Tabitha Wambui (32:49) and Joan Rotich (33:00). For Mikitenko the race is a preparation before London Marathon.



SAO PAULO (BRA): Brazilian athletics confederation CBAt informs about the change of the date of its premier one day meeting the Grande Premio Internacional Brasil Caixa de Atletismo. It will be held on May 26 in Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange on May 26 in Rio de Janeiro. Initially the date was May 22. Now it will be the final event of Brazilian Tour. The circuit will start on May 11 in Fortaleza and continue on May 15 in Belem, May 18 in Uberlandia and May 22 in Sao Paulo before coming to the 2016 olympic city. Top home athletes are expected to compete, mainly long jump olympic winner Maurren Maggi and pole vault world indoor champion Fabiana Murer. In Rio for men´s long jump another olympic winner Irving Saladino of Panama was mentioned.







BRUSSELS (BEL) : Both Belgian athletes Kristof Van Malderen (1500m) and Thomas Van der Plaetsen (Decathlon) came down with the measles and were submitted in the hospital in the last week. The athletes most likely picked the disease up when in Paris for the European indoor championships. Both athletes have now left the hospital but will miss several weeks of training report Belgian media.


LAUSANNE (SUI): European athletics has introduced the mascots for the European junior championships in Tallinn later this year. Citi, Alti and Forti each have their specific talent and received their names following a nation wide search in Estonia.


BLOOMINGTON (USA): Canadian high jumper Derek Drouin sustained a foot injury while competing in the high jump last weekend at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. The injury will require surgery and will cause Drouin to sit out the 2011 outdoor season. While recovery and rehab will take time, Indiana's medical staff expects Drouin to make a complete recovery. Drouin will seek a medical hardship redshirt for this outdoor season and return to competition once his rehab is complete. He cleared in March 233 to win the NCAA Indoor title and equalled national indoor record.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Italy's Andrea Lalli is the first top name to announce his participation in the 15th edition of the European Cup 10.000m in Oslo on June 4th. Lalli is the former European junior and U23 cross country champion and just last weekend made his debut in the half marathon where he clocked 62:32. His main goal is to qualify for the 10.000m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu.


LONDON (GBR):Tottenham Hotspur have taken the first step towards launching a legal challenge to the decision to give the 2012 Olympic Stadium to Premier League rivals West Ham United after the conclusion of the London Olympics. The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) confirmed that the club have warned that they could take them to court over the controversial decision reports Insidethegames.


TOKYO (JPN): Ken Nakamura informs that Tokyo marathon donated 10 000 000 yen to earthquake/tsunami victims. Olympic marathon winner 2000 Naoko Takahashi donated 1000 shoes to earthquake/tsumai victims. The shoes were originally destined to Africa, but diverted to Iwate prefecture.


LONDON (GBR): 1984 Olympic javelin champion Tessa Sanderson has revealed that her exclusion from the vote on the future of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium earlier this year played a big role in her decision to resign from the Board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) writes Insidethegames.


LONDON (GBR): London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe and IOC Athletes' Commission chairman Frank Fredericks have laid down the final piece of turf on the Olympic Stadium's field of play and in doing so marked the completion of construction on the flagship venue. The construction started on the 836 million dollar Olympic Stadium just under three years ago in May 2008 and has been completed on time and under budget writes Insidethegames.


CARLSBAD (USA): Americans Christin Wurth-Thomas and Jen Rhines, as well as Ethiopian Aheza Kiros are the favourites for the 26th edition of the Carlsbad "World's Fastest 5k" on April 3rd. Kiros, the 2009 champion and 2010 runner-up to world record-holder Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, has a 5000 m personal best of 14:56.33 on the track from 2009, and has run 15:26 at Carlsbad. Also in the race is Pauline Korikwiang of Kenya, who was just recently seventh at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and holds a PR of 14:45.98, Russian European indoor silver winner at 3000 m Olesya Syreva of Russia and Eloise Wellings of Australia.


FRANKFURT (GER): European Athletics announced the list of candidates for the upcoming election of the new European Athletics Clubs Working Group to take place in Frankfurt on 3 April on the occasion of the European Athletics Clubs Conference. Eleven candidates have been proposed by their national federation for election. Also around the conference the venue for European Champion Clubs Cup A Group meet should be proposed. The place for B Group is already known, Belgrade on May 28.


OSLO (NOR): One of the fastest European sprinters Jaysuma Saidy Ndure of Norway is back in the elite group of competitors supported by Norwegian Athletics Federation. Informs the federation website. "We've had a good dialogue and come up with good solutions for collaboration. We are pleased, we want to have the best on the team," says coach Ronny Nilsson. Ndure is currently training in USA under the guidance of coach John Smith. His first top meet could be the Bislett Games on June 9 as part of Samsung Diamond League. That could be the 200 m with Jamaican star Usain Bolt.


KINGSTON (JAM): Track Alerts informs that, Team Jamaica Bickle, the organization formed primarily to support Jamaican athletes at the Penn Relays, each year, are to honor the country's track and field icon and five time Olympian, Donald Quarrie, C.D. According to a release from the organizers, "the tribute will take place at TJB's annual Pre Penn Relay Carnival Reception, on Tuesday April 12 at Sullivan Hall in New York."


JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Axed Athletics South Africa (ASA) members and other sports administrators are calling on Parliament to nullify the suspensions of the federation's president, Leonard Chuene, his board and other office-bearers. They want them to be reinstated immediately. Informs South African media. They also want Parliament to investigate the processes followed in suspending Chuene and his board and what they allege are links between the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.


LOS ANGELES (USA): Beijing javelin Olympian Mike Hazle makes his DJ debut on Frisky Radio at 1pm Pacific Standard Time. Frisky Radio is an independent online electronic dance music radio station. Since 2001 friskyRadio has been on the forefront of underground dance music on the Internet. Frisky features exclusive mix's from over 130 DJ's all over the world. Mike Hazle joins the Frisky line up and the show will be rebroadcast over the next few weeks. Hazle has a best of 82.21 from 2008 and is also Berlin World Championships participant.


MANAUS (BRA): Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBAt) confirmed two years suspension for one of its best walkers Jose Alessandro Bagio (29). The Beijing Olympian tested positive for steroid norandosterone in two tests in September 2010. First was out of competition and second at the Brazilian Trophy meet in Sao Paulo on September 10 when second in the 10 000 m race (41:02.24).


LISBON (POR): Portugal Athletics Federation already selected three men for the 50 km race at European Cup Race Walking to be held in Olhao on May 21. They are Jorge Costa, Pedro Martins and national record holder Antonio Pereira. Others will be named after the Rio Maior Grande Premio de Marcha event on April 9.


PONTEVEDRA (ESP): For this Saturday´s Trofeo Iberico in the track 10 000 m Portugal sends 10 male and 7 female runners. Specially the women group is strong with Jessica Augusto and Dulce Felix. Augusto is bronze winner from Barcelona 2010 and has a best of 31:19.15 from Ostrava last year. On the men side Rui Silva, Luis Pinto, Nuno Costa and Jose Rocha will run in Pontevedra, Spain. The A-standards for Daegu are the target 27:40 and 31:45. As EME NEWS already reported Kenyan world champion Vivian Cheruiyot along with Commonwealth Games winner Grace Momanyi are scheduled to take part too.







CHENGDU (CHN, Mar 30): 16-years old Lin Qing leaped to good 773 (0.0) in the long jump at national youth meeting, informs Tilastopaja.







LONDON (GBR): Mark Butler informs that Martin Webster, the most important figure in televised athletics in the UK for more than 20 years, passed away on March 27 after a long illness. He was 56. Martin was the BBC's Executive Producer at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2008 Olympics and also masterminded the corporation's coverage of two decades of athletics across 10 World Championships up to Berlin 2009 for which the BBC won a British Academy Award - as they did for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester where "Webby" was the athletics producer. He was the TV chief at all the major athletics events staged in the UK including the 2003 World Indoor Championships, three World Cross Country Championships and the London Marathon up to 2010, his last assignment. His services were in demand internationally, and among many other roles in athletics and other sports, it was Webster who was responsible for the host track coverage at the Sydney Olympic Games. We have him to thank for the images of "Magic Monday" - September 25, 2000 - one of the greatest days in the history of the sport and featuring epic wins by Cathy Freeman, Michael Johnson, Gabriela Szabo and Haile Gebrselassie.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF informs that Takashi Shimokawara, one of the legends of Japanese and world masters athletics, was a victim of the recent tsunami which devastated large areas of Japan. The current World record holder in the World Masters Athletics' M100 age category in the Shot Put, Discus Throw and Javelin Throw SP, DT and JT, Takashi Shimokawara was found dead in Kamaishi city, Iwate prefecture, an area seriously struck by the force of the tsunami.



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